Brewers Hire Best Broadcasters in Baseball

Jeff BreenContributor IFebruary 4, 2009

If the Brewers elected players like they selected broadcasters over the years, they would no doubt have a few pennants on the wall.

Jim Powell ended his long career as Bob Ueckers' partner in the broadcast booth. Powell, who tends to be left out of the spotlight with "Mr. Baseball" working next to him, gave the Brewers 12 years of dedicated service.  He will begin the 2009 season with the Atlanta Braves.

The Brewers are now in the process of finding his replacement.  The final two choices are Cory Provust who spent the last two years working for WGN radio and helping out with Cubs games. 

Provust looks to be the front runner, but don't count out the Diamondbacks' Jeff Munn, who has covered Arizona since 2001.  Both bring solid credentials to the table.  Whoever takes the job will continue a long tradition of broadcasting in Milwaukee.

Looking back at Brewer broadcasters in the last few decades, the names are really something.  Bob Uecker of course, remains as one of the games best.  A 2004 receipient of the Ford C Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting, Uecker's 50-plus years in baseball have made him one of the best.  Uecker's achievements have also been on display in other media outlets. 

Uecker has starred in all four of the "major league" movies and made many appearances on The Johnny Carson Show.  He also has appeared in commercials, most notably his Miller Lite ad where he coins his phrase, "Hey, I must be in the front row!"  Those seats are now called Uecker seats at Miller Park.

Before Jim Powell, Uecker worked with Pat Hughes from 1984-1995.  As most Brewer fans know, Hughes is now lead radio broadcaster for the Cubs working with both Ron Santo and Cory Provust.

Brewer TV has also been in good hands.  Since 1997, the Brewers have had some of the best names in the game starting with Matt Vasgersian, who now works for the MLB Network.  Vasgersian also gave former Brewer catcher Bill Schroeder a shot in the booth.  Schroeder, also known as "the rock," continues to work now in his 14th season. 

Len Kasper also made appearances for the Brewers from 1999-2001.  The Marquette graduate now works for WGN as play-by-play man for Cubs baseball working with Bob Brenley, who was in the running for the Brewers' manager.

After Vasgersian left, the door was opened to current Diamondback TV broadcaster Darron Sutton, the son of Hall of Famer Don Sutton.  Sutton's time with the Brewers brought notable moments including the start of the Bucket Head Brigade.  His time with the Brewers from 2002-2006 was the biggest jump in the Brewers TV ratings.

Since 2007, Brian Anderson has handled the TV duties.  A former Golf Channel and San Antonio Spurs broadcaster, Anderson has stepped in nicely and for his hard work he was rewarded, as he was selected to handle the NLDS broadcasting for TBS in '08.